Hi! This is a test message from Team Advanced Functions. (Afshan, Shahene, Pruthviraj, Jalaj & Ruba).


Class Letter

Our group picture left to right: Jalaj, Afshan, Pruthviraj, Shahene and Ruba.

Student Introductions
Hi! The names of our group members are: Afshan, Pruthviraj, Ruba, Jalaj, and Shahene. We all live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and are in the eleventh grade at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute. We think that we are similar to students who live in other countries because we are all teenagers and a lot of times the activities teenagers do are very similar no matter what part of the world they are in. For example, we’re sure that most of the students participating in this project love things like sports and games, having fun, and hanging out with their friends.

Afshan Ali
Hi! My name is Afshan and I am a 16 year old girl studying in Grade 11 at Cedarbrae. I like things such as playing and watching hockey, eating and sleeping, and doing well in school. I am a very well rounded person and subjects that interest me are science, french, and gym. I usually like to clean and watch TV in my spare time. In the future I would like to become a dentist.

Pruthviraj Atodaria
Hey there! My name is Pruthviraj (as stated above). I've been living on this planet for 16 years and study in grade 11 (Form 3). I live in Toronto and study at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute like my group mates. Some of my hobbies include reading, building random things, and going on bike rides. My favorite sport is swimming. Some things I enjoy doing in my free time are watching Spongebob Squarepants and movies, and occasionally playing non-violent video games. My favorite movies include the Harry Potter series (Seriously, I've read every single book and watched every single movie) and the Lord of the Rings series. My future goal is to buy a Lamborghini Gallardo, and then crash it (Just joking).


Shahene Patel

Hey guys! My name is Shahene, pronounced Sha-heen :) I am 16 years old and I live in Toronto. I am in grade 11 at Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute. Some of my favourite things to do are play sports, hang out with my friends, and eating. As my fellow classmate Pruthviraj has said, I am also a VERY huge fan of the Harry Potter series. My favourite tv show is Modern Family and Pretty Little Liars. My future goal is to become a Lawyer!


Jalaj Sheth

Hello there! My name is Jalaj Sheth. I am 16 years old boy studying in Grade 11 at Cedarbrae C.I. I live in Toronto, ON, Canada, just like my other group members. In my free time I play Xbox 360 (BTW, Xbox 360 is way better than PS3), eat, watch some BOLLYWOOD movies (Although none of my group members admitted but they also watch Bollywood movies LOOL) and hang out with my friends. My favorite movie series is the Harry Potter Series (basically everyone loves it ).


Rubaiyat Ruba

Hi guys, my name is Rubaiyat but everyone calls me Ruba. I am a girl. I am in grade 11. I came to Canada 5 years ago. I am from Bangladesh and I am muslim. Some of my favorite activities are to play sports, dance, hang out with my friends and I spend most of my time watching television. I speak really fast. I love to talk (mostly random things). I am outgoing, fun and friendly. Once you get to know me, you will know that I am super friendly. :D


School Description
Cedarbrae Collegiate institute was built in 1961 and is the largest school in Scarborough-Toronto. It is a semestered high school with four grade levels: grade 9, 10, 11, and 12. Our school has about 1400 or more students and has 5 floors. Cedarbrae is built on a hill which causes the floors of the school to be separated into two wings. One wing has three floors and the other wing contains the other two floors. Our school’s team name is the Cedarbrae Colts and our swim team name is the Cedarbrae Dolphins. Our school colours are blue, white and green and our school moto is “Hic Patet Ingeniis Campus” which means “Here is a place where you can develop your talents”. The courses offered here are very diverse. We have a French Extended and Immersion program where students can broaden their skills in French as a second language and learn to exhibit good attendance and behaviour. Our school also has made an Eco-Pitch so that we can bring the things that some people are doing to the environment to everyone's attention. Here is the Youtube video:







Here is a picture of our school:


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Community Profile
Toronto is the capital city of Ontario and is home to about 2.7 million people. Toronto is full of very diverse ethnicities and there are many cultural events that happen around the city like parades, fundraisers, and events.There are many sports teams in Toronto like the Toronto Blue Jays, Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Marlies, Toronto Argonauts, Toronto Raptors, and Toronto FC. The attitudes of most Torontonians are that everyone should be treated equally and that everyone should be able to live freely and happily with each other. The city of Toronto has many malls and plazas and has a very large variety of stores and restaurants that fit the styles and likes of many different ethnic groups. There are three rivers that intersect the city which are: the Humber River, Don River, and the Rouge River. The climate in Toronto is moderate and usually very nice and has very warm summers and cold winters. Toronto is also home to the world famous CN tower and the Niagara Falls.


Toronto Skyline with the CN Tower
Toronto Skyline with the CN Tower





Question

What fertilizers are used in your country for growing crops and what effects do they have on the environment?

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Global Teenager Project Answer for the Romania School, env 7


Here in Canada, many organizations and/or companies such as Environment Canada and Greenworks Company are actively taking part in the effort to try to reduce consumption of precious resources. Environment Canada has recently released a progress report on June 16, 2011 which is called the Progress Report of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. This progress report tells us about the actions taken to conduct the requirements to under the Federal Sustainable Development Act. This report mainly focuses on the progress made and talks about Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicators. These indicators describe to us, Canada's progress on key issues on environmental sustainability. These indicators include: thee Air and Climate (such as the air quality), the Water (such as the water quality and availability), Nature (such as protected areas and the amount of timber and wood still available in the country). Companies like Greenworks creates products which are biodegradable (able to be decomposed using bacteria) and that are less harsh on the environment after being disposed of. Items included in their product line are bleach, glass cleaner, cleaning wipes, all purpose cleaner, toilet bowl and bathroom cleaner, dish detergent, laundry detergent. These products are said to be made of natural ingredients and do not contain any harsh chemicals. These protect lakes, and large bodies of water from being filled with toxic chemicals which can kill animals and that live in or drink the water.

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Another similar organization that develops projects for supporting environmental sustainability is the David Suzuki Foundation, founded by David Suzuki. David Suzuki is a Canadian award winning scientist who tries to raise awareness about environmental sustainability through several media platforms such as Television and Radio. He is also acclaimed for winning several awards in the science community worldwide.
David Suzuki
David Suzuki


The David Suzuki foundation is responsible for working with governments and large corporations around the world to reduce global pollution and make the environment more green. The foundation is also responsible for developing projects along with the government to maintain a sustainable environment. One such projects includes working with the government to create laws regarding limiting carbon dioxide emissions from factories and automobiles. The David Suzuki Foundation's main goals include:
Protecting our climate, Transforming the economy, Protecting nature, Reconnecting with nature, and building communities.
The David Suzuki Foundation not only promotes Environmental sustainability but also practices it. The Foundation itself practices all the ways to stay environmentally friendly. David Suzuki Foundation’s main office is positioned in an energy efficient building which is heated and cooled by using geothermal energy. The Foundation uses energy efficient appliances and green fuels. They also check and maintain their Greenhouse Gases Emission regularly.
According to the David Suzuki Foundation, in 2012, they are going to connect with The Natural Step Canada, which is also a non-profit organization which creates awareness about sustainability, and create a sustainability strategy. The plan will include all features of the foundation and further inspire Environmental Sustainability.
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Canadian International Development Agency
CIDA is Canada's lead agency for development assistance.CIDA’s are also developing projects for supporting the environmental sustainability. CIDA’s goal is to support sustainable development in the developing countries. CIDA’s provides a framework for integrating environmental sustainability with social, cultural, economic and political sustainability. If sustainability is to be achieved this goals must be taken as complementary. To help countries achieve environmental sustainability in development, the CIDA will do the following: 1. Help to increase the human resource, organizations and communities to plan and implement development policies, start programs and activities that are environmentally sustainable. 2. Try to make the developing countries to strengthen the capability so they can contribute to the resolution of global and regional environmental problems.


Yes. People in our country who are developing projects, do support environmental sustainability because We Canada (company) serves as a voice for Canadians who believe sustainable development should be a priority for Canada and for the international community.We Canada wants the government of Canada to commit to creating a sustainable future and green economy, and to be a leader on the global stage at the upcoming United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Earth Summit 2012). We Canada is also creating non-profit, non-government, academic research organizations to help the environment of our country.


Souces:

http://www.ec.gc.ca/indicateurs-indicators/default.asp?lang=En
http://www.greenworkscleaners.com/products/
http://www.ec.gc.ca/dd-sd/default.asp?lang=En&n=C2844D2D-1?WT.mc_id=sustainable
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/about/
http://www.davidsuzuki.org/about/sustainability-at-dsf/
http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/acdi-cida.nsf/eng/REN-218124547-P3B